What is a Gravity Bong and How Does it Work?

What is a Gravity Bong and How Does it Work?

Exploring new ways to enjoy cannabis is always exciting. But it’s even more so if they promise a potent high with less product. Imagine taking your smoking experience to a new high with a gravity bong and giving your lungs a break (sort of). 

So now you’re wondering, ‘What is a gravity bong? And how does it work?’ In this article, we'll explore the ins and outs of gravity bongs, how they work, and why they're becoming so popular. Grab your favorite glass bubbler or glass joint tips, sit back, and let’s unravel the mystery together!

What is a Gravity Bong?

Gravity bongs, also known as "bucket bongs" or "waterfall bongs," are custom bongs that use water and pressure to push smoke into the lungs. As you light the cannabis, gravity pulls the smoke into a container using water to create suction. Gravity bongs originally gained popularity due to being able to construct them using items easily found in the home. But now since we know better, if you’re feeling nostalgic, you can smoke safely out of a glass gravity bong instead.

  • The Bucket Bong: A bucket bong uses a container filled with water. Smoke is drawn into a secondary chamber that has a mouthpiece and is submerged in the water.  The bowl is placed over the mouthpiece, so as you light the weed and pull up on the chamber, it fills with smoke. Then, push down the chamber to force the smoke into your lungs.
  • The Waterfall Bong: A waterfall bong resembles a traditional bottle bong, but the bowl is placed over the mouthpiece opening instead of at the downstem. The bottle is filled with water with a hole near the bottom. Once lit, uncover the hole so the water runs out, which draws air, filling the bottle with smoke. Once the water level drops below the rush hole, remove the bowl and simply inhale through the mouthpiece.

While the origins and inventor of gravity bongs remain unknown, they have gained immense popularity today. For those seeking a different smoking experience, gravity bongs offer a novel approach. Unlike glass pipes or bubblers, gravity bongs don’t use percolators or cool your smoke through water.

How Do Gravity Bongs Work?

Gravity bongs harness the force of gravity to generate smoke. They rely on the basic principles of fluid dynamics and air pressure to create a vacuum. By submerging a smaller container holding cannabis into a larger container filled with water, the user creates a sealed environment.

When the smaller container is lifted, it increases the air pressure inside, causing the water to flow out and create a vacuum. This vacuum then pulls smoke from the burning cannabis into the chamber, where it can be inhaled for a concentrated effect.

It's a simple yet effective method that harnesses the forces of gravity and air pressure to enhance the smoking experience.

How to Use a Gravity Bong

Using a gravity bong is very easy and only has a few steps. Once you master them, you can grab your favorite cannabis, sit back, and enjoy.

Fill the Chamber with Water

To start, fill the larger bottom chamber of the gravity bong with water until it reaches your desired level. Just do not overfill it. You want to leave some room for the smoke chamber.

Attach Chambers to the Base

Once the larger bottom chamber is filled, place the smaller top chamber inside and push it all the way down. Make sure the smaller chamber’s mouthpiece opening, which contains the bowl, is not submerged in the water.

Pack the Bowl

Pack the bowl with your preferred cannabis as usual. Make sure it's evenly distributed.

Light Up

Fire up the packed bowl while holding the gravity bong using a lighter or matches. Pull up the smaller chamber once the bowl is lit to fill it with smoke.

Create the Vacuum

Slowly lift the top chamber of the gravity bong while holding onto the base. This action allows the water to drain and create the vacuum necessary for generating smoke.

Inhale (and Exhale)

Once the top chamber is filled with smoke, remove the bowl. Push the smaller, smoke-filled chamber down slowly as you inhale deeply, filling your lungs, and then exhale slowly. Now, sit back and enjoy the after-effects of your smoking experience.

The ingenious mechanics behind the gravity bong is why these devices deliver a potent smoking experience. From filling the chamber to lighting up and inhaling deeply, each step contributes to creating flavorful, dense smoke.

Whether you're a seasoned smoker or new to the scene, mastering the art of the gravity bong adds a fun twist to your cannabis routine. Next time you're looking for a unique smoking experience, consider giving the gravity bong a try. Just remember to enjoy responsibly and savor the moment.

Do Gravity Bongs Get You Higher?

Many users claim that gravity bongs deliver a more intense high compared to other smoking methods. You may notice this because your body gets a quicker and more potent effect because you’ve inhaled a large volume of smoke in a single hit.

When it comes to gravity bongs, it's all about that rush of intensity. With each pull, you're drawing in a concentrated cloud of smoke. This experience can lead to a faster onset of effects. So buckle up because, with a gravity bong, you're in for a ride.

But keep in mind that everyone's experiences may vary. The potency and strength of your high will be based on factors such as tolerance, how you smoke, and the potency of the cannabis. Still, gravity bongs are known for their ability to provide a robust and novel smoking experience. They can leave you feeling pleasantly high.

How Are Gravity Bongs Different Than Vaping and Smoking?

Gravity bongs offer a very different smoking experience compared to vaping and other smoking methods. The design of a gravity bong allows users to inhale a more considerable amount of smoke quickly. 

Vaping involves heating a substance to produce vapor. Gravity bongs use combustion to create smoke. With traditional smoking, you directly inhale smoke from a burning substance.

If you're after some smooth hits, cooled vapor, stretching your stash, and getting a solid buzz, then a gravity bong is your new best friend. It's a budget-friendly option that'll keep your wallet happy while delivering top-notch hits. If you're all about maximizing your cannabis experience without breaking the bank, the gravity bong is where it's at.


It's easy to see why weed smokers are curious about gravity bongs. Large potent hits are definitely a few of the benefits they offer. Whether you're seeking an extra kick or a more interesting smoking experience, gravity bongs are an excellent choice.

While American glass bongs are the most popular, you may have a new favorite now that you're well-versed in gravity bongs. You can decide if purchasing your custom gravity bong, maybe even with an ash catcher, suits you. Will you try it and see what all the hype is about?

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